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Some of France’s most important wine regions - Loire Valley, Champagne, and Burgundy - are all within a day’s drive from Paris. Bien sur the culture practically dictates that people drink all sorts of wine in Parisian cafés, restaurants, and bars and purchase them in the city’s wine shops. But it is a little known fact that wine is actually produced within the city limits, in Montmartre. It’s just off the city street, surrounded by buildings, in the same district as such iconic structures as the Basilica de Sacré Coeur and Moulin Rouge. It is so obscure that even the most frequent visitor to Paris would exclaim “incroyable!” upon learning of its existence. 

Le Clos Montmartre is the last of the once multitude of vineyards situated on the hill, which were first planted by the Romans. There was once a temple dedicated to Bacchus standing there. In the 12th century, the Benedictines continued to produce wine at an abbey that was later destroyed during Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Esprit

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Good to see you back, Terence.Had another '96 Les Forts at the end of the ... from a case I picked up in Paris at New Year's '03. It's still very young. Latour itself from that vintage is still mostly in a dumb period.As per my question, my sense also is that you're way too conservative on those Spanish wines. Have you had a lot of experience ... Read More

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  • Really would be a shame not to drink the Petrus. The '28 Margaux (from Maxim's de Paris!) is nice as decoration.Would be curious what else you have in your (dad's) cellar, if you're willing to post more snaps... Read More

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  • I've never really like Isabella that much, mainly because she was only a ... ... of Greek islands, or in Paris late at night (including at both of those genre's sites of origin in two of those locations) then you can subside comfortably even into that music. Plus there are plenty of bossanova influences, even if without vocals. And she was op... Read More

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  • I don't know if anyone else here has a taste for Calvados, but to me ... a ... a working class zinc bar in Paris as the shot accompaniment to a demi tasse. Soon graduated to the better stuff, drunk after dinner most frequently, but even as an aperitif (and an accompaniment to oysters as I mentioned in another thread). I've always stocked up wh... Read More

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  • Back at the home front.Well, the Morroccan dinner last Thursday at Ojai ... ... the wines, but between his Paris accent and the not terribly great acoustics in the room, I was having a bit of trouble catching most of it.WOTN was the Botrytis affected Riesling served with dessert.  I don't know why I don't enjoy dessert wine more often.On Frida... Read More

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  • By the time I pay for a ticket to London, I should probably just go the rest of ... I love France, and I love Paris probably more than any city, but for a country, a cuisine, diversity of wine (and at a price I can afford), I think it's Italy for me. Do report back--esp since I continue to search through the vast stacks of Bordeaux for somethin... Read More

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  • Other movies with wine as a major thematic element--haven't seen a couple ... be unmakable now)Midnight in Paris (winetasting scene)Killer BeesSilence of the Lambs (for that single, classic line)The Kids Are AlrightBabette's FeastBlood and WineDisclosureDracula (another good line, especially with that Lugosi delivery)The Muppet MovieThe Parent... Read More

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  • As I'm thinking back on cab prices in the past I also recall Sebastiani. It ... the likes of the Judgment of Paris and the intense PR and marketing efforts that followed it, as well as Mondavi marketing initiatves. Somewhere in there might also come behind-the-scenes machinations by the Wine Institute and a few others, followed by the entrance ... Read More

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  • Clos du Val Zinfandel 1979


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    Wine review by mark

  • Clos du Val Zinfandel 1979


    Aged but still surprisingly fruity with bright red cherry flavors, and alive. exhibiting lots of tobacco, mushroom , and rust on the nose and palate. This remains quite fresh in the mouth, if fully resolved, with a strong return of cherry on the finish. More than a passing resemblance to a Grenache heavy blend here, something provencal like but... Read More

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